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Tom Curren for Rip Curl

Tom Curren’s orange and yellow Rip Curl short john from the 1987 / 1988 Hawaiian winter is on the short list of memorable wetsuits. (My personal favorite? Kelly’s all white number, which he rode at J Bay and in France in 2005, if memory serves correctly.) I recently posted a Vince Cavataio photo…

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Derek Hynd for Rip Curl

Here’s an old Rip Curl ad featuring none other than Derek Hynd. If you look closely you’ll see the photograph was actually taken in Japan, which is a cool touch. I found the ad on Davis Ballard’s incredible Dusty Ads site, which has long been one of my go to sources for Sagas…

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2000 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Poster

Greetings, Shredderz! Easter Weekend is here, which means it’s also time for the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. Bells Beach — the site of the 50 Year Storm — has been host to the Rip Curl Pro for over 50 years. Surprisingly, it’s not easy to find digital copies of all the…

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Cheyne Horan for Rip Curl

Greetings, Shredderz! Here’s a 1979 Rip Curl ad featuring Cheyne Horan in a colorful ensemble. According to the ad, Rip Curl’s Freelite suit was available in over 20 colors, ranging from conservative to outrageous, and Horan is definitely at the far end of that spectrum. I don’t surf well enough to lead the…

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1984 Rip Curl Pro Poster

Greetings, Shredderz! The Sagas of Shred series here on the blog features a different vintage surf ad every Thursday evening (California time). This time around we’re switching it up a bit. It’s Easter this Sunday, which means it’s time for the venerable Rip Curl Pro, held at Bells Beach in Torquay, Australia, future…

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Larry Bertlemann & Wayne Lynch for Rip Curl

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a real doozy for you: a Rip Curl ad from the July 1978 issue of Surfer Magazine featuring Wayne Lynch and Larry Bertlemann. I had seen various scans of this ad floating around online, and it bummed me out that no high quality versions seemed to exist. A…

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Wayne Lynch & Rip Curl’s Rubber Revolution

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got the glorious combination of two of Victoria’s best known exports: Wayne Lynch’s brand of rugged, mysterious cool, and Rip Curl’s neoprene. I featured an earlier Rip Curl ad with Wayne Lynch from 1983, which has an almost identical layout to the one you see above. This time around,…

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MP and Andrew McKinnon for Rip Curl

Greetings, Shredderz! Fresh off my post earlier this week about a rare MP personal rider shaped under the Burford label, here is some more great material from Peterson’s brief but memorable turn as one of surfing’s brightest stars. Pictured here is a Rip Curl wetsuits ad that originally ran in Tracks Magazine in…

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Young Kelly Slater for Rip Curl

Greetings, Shredderz! For today’s Sagas of Shred entry we have an ad featuring the undisputed greatest surfer of all time: Robert Kelly Slater. The ad you see below ran in the August 1990 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 31, No 8), two years before Slater captured the first of his eleven world titles….

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Social Media Roundup: Nov 2019

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s that time of the month again. Here’s a selection of some of my favorite social media posts from the last month or so. This board is absolutely ridiculous! I am slowly but surely working on my knowledge of Aussie surfboards and shapers. Here’s a Rip Curl board shaped by Alan…

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